joan merrill, author of the Casey McKie mysteries 
murder and mayhem in the world of jazz

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The word "jazz" is bandied about today to describe all sorts of music, some of which is not really jazz. And singers of all sorts of musical genres are often described as "jazz singers."
It's no wonder, people become confused about what jazz singing really is.
To find out for yourself, listen to these authentic jazz singers.
What do they do?
They interpret a song is their own ways - sometimes. the melody; sometimes. the words; and sometimes, both. They swing, and some of them, scat.

"Scatting is like the little girl: when it is good, it is very, very good (Ella and Ernestine)
and when it is bad, it is horrid."

  Sarah Vaughan

  Ernestine Anderson
as introduced by Denise Perrier

    Anita O’Day (from the documentary "Jazz on a Summer's Day," the Newport Jazz Festival, 1958)

     Carmen McRae

   Ella Fitzgerald

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae,
   and Ernestine Anderson define jazz  singing. 



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